Tips to Improve Home Air Quality

Air quality

One of the best ways we can take care of ourselves is by being aware of our environments and the influence they’re having on our health. Topping the list is the environment where we spend the majority of our time—our homes. Here are our tips to help improve the air quality in our homes, and improve the overall health of ourselves and our families.

Upgrade your vacuum

HEPA (High-Efficiency Particulate Arrestance) vacuums have certified seals that keep dust and dirt sucked into the vacuum from leaking back out into the air, according to BranchBasics.com. The specific type of filter they use are made for sifting out fine dust. HEPA vacuums are made to guard your home against allergens and toxins in the air.

Increase ventilation

Open windows and doors and turn fans on as much as possible, ventilating your home and keeping air moving. This allows for natural ventilation, which works to improve the air quality in your home by decreasing the number of pollutants in your home, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Add some green to your décor

If you haven’t decked your home out in greenery yet, now is the time. ApartmentTherapy.com says adding a plant to every room will benefit the air quality of your home. Think of them as air purifiers straight from nature.

Pay attention to moisture

WebMD advises keeping humidity between 30 and 50 percent to protect your home against mold, dust mites and other allergens. Invest in a dehumidifier, and use exhaust fans while cooking and bathing. Be careful not to overwater indoor plants, and don’t ignore leaky plumbing.

Wash bedding regularly

Check washing instructions when buying new bedding or pillows, and choose machine washable fabrics whenever possible. GreenGuard.org says its best to wash all bedding each week in order to keep allergens out of the home.


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